News short: Car spins off I-15, slides into cable barrier

NEW HARMONY —  A woman driving northbound on Interstate 15 near mile marker 44 lost control of her vehicle Friday morning and slid off the road.

Just after 9 a.m. a woman driving a 1995 blue Mitsubishi Eclipse, along with a male passenger, was headed north on I-15. Near mile marker 44, the woman lost control and the car spun left into the cable barrier, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Nathan Clark said.

After the car struck the cable barrier, it slid into several posts, and then bounced off a post and slid across the road to the right side where it came to rest facing south on the grassy shoulder.

Iron County Sheriff’s Office deputies, UHP, and Iron County Ambulance responded to the scene.

The car’s airbags deployed, and the woman suffered minor lacerations to the face. She also said her chest hurt from the seat belt, Clark said. The passenger also suffered lacerations to the face. Both the driver and the passenger were wearing seat belts.

The driver’s loss of control could have resulted from wet roads or ice, Clark said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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10 Comments

  • San December 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    We saw that one and wondered if anybody had been hurt. There were snow flurries blowing on us from the Kolob area. It was pretty cold and the other side of the road is a bit higher so ice sounds reasonable.

    • Joe Smith December 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Planet Kolob?

      • Koolaid December 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        Are women allowed to drive on Planet Kolob?

  • ladybugavenger December 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    That scary, i was visuizing it as I was reading. Good to hear no major injuries

  • Evil twins mommy December 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    We had just passed there on that same spot and that area was really slick and we were talking about how unsafe it was and then I see this.. I am just so glad no one was seriously hurt.

  • matt b December 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    As they were putting in those barriers, at a cost of millions of dollars. I silently wondered if they would kill more than they helped. I have seen over 70 slide-offs in this area in the last 8 years driving to St George and back everyday. Slide offs in the snow usually result in no injury. This one I notice the car was thrown back into traffic, lucky no one else hit them.

    • My Evil Twin December 26, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Matt, those barriers prevent vehicles from crossing the median and causing head on collisions! Yes man, they DO save lives! And let’s face it, looking at it from a cold but logical point of view, if the person, (or people,) in the car that loses it’s control is hurt or killed, isn’t that much better than having the innocent person, (or people) who are driving the other direction, killed in a head on?

  • IN THE GAME December 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Looks like the barriers did their job since the vehicle didn’t make it into the oncoming traffic lanes.

  • M and M cookies December 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Why don,t people slow down in bad weather.. We went on rte 91 to mesquite, and drove careful as the snow was blowing around, but rte 5 and being cold, anything can happen..

    • My Evil Twin December 26, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Because the speed limit sign says 75, or 80, or whatever, so it must be safe at that speed, right? RIGHT?
      Unfortunately, an awful lot of drivers have no common sense whatsoever. And unfortunately, that includes some of the so called “professional” drivers that are driving big rigs.
      (If you doubt that, look at the story about the big rig caught in the tunnel in Zion, or look at the number of FedEx doubles that are laid over on their sides in every storm.)

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